A study, titled ‘Recovery of Deleted Deep Sequencing Data Sheds More Light on the Early Wuhan SARS-CoV-2 Epidemic’, claims China deletes Data on Covid Sars-CoV-2.
The study cites that the e-mail requests made by the Chinese researchers to “fully delete a SARS-CoV-2 deep sequencing project” which had 99 sequencing runs of 34 early COVID-19 patients hospitalised at Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University.
A study conducted by Jesse Bloom, a virologist and evolutionary biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said in the report that he identified a data set containing Sars-CoV-2 sequences had been deleted from the National Institutes of Health's Sequence Read Archive.
Bloom also recovered the deleted files from the Google Cloud and reconstructed partial sequences of 13 viruses from the initial outbreak.
According to Bloom's research, Sars-Cov-2 was circulating in Wuhan before it was detected at local wet markets, including the Huanan Seafood Market.
Also, New York-based National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed on Thursday that earliest samples of Coronavirus cases were removed from the international database. But it cannot speculate on the motive behind this removal of data.
Earlier last week, the US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had cautioned Beijing that China will risk international isolation if it does not allow a “real investigation” into the origins of the pandemic.